The Overweight Men and the Great Weight Loss Bet

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The story must have happened a number of years ago, because the question was posed to Rav Elyashiv zt”l. Apparently, a group of overweight men got together...

Is That Bourbon Really Kosher?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Welcome back 1950s. Although most of us don’t really admit it, regarding a number of products, our great-grandparents (or grandparents, depending upon how old the reader...

Engine Trouble on El-Al’s Flight 008: And A Halachic Analysis

By Yair Hoffman THE DETAILS They were finally let out at 4:45 AM on Sunday morning.  El Al Flight 008 was supposed to leave at 11:50 PM from Terminal 4 on Motzai...

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It’s A Steal Forever 21 is the fifth-largest specialty retailer in the United States. It is known for its fashionable and trendy accessories, beauty products, home goods, and clothing for...

Skipper the Six-Legged Puppy:  a Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Recently, the media was abuzz about  a newborn puppy named Skipper.  It was a puppy that was born with six legs. The media stated that,...

May Girls Dress as Chassidish Men During Adar

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The craziness usually begins at about this time – Rosh Chodesh Adar.  It often involves, plays, talent shows, and, of course, dressing up.  But may the...

Analyzing Olive Dips

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Warning:  The label found above – does not exist.  It was created to draw attention to the topic of this article. Walk into Gourmet Glatt and you...

Our Two Dose Policy is Murdering People – A Halachic Analysis

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The plan was to drive a relative to get the second vaccine, but due to the snow and ice, the relative didn’t want to go, and...

Shidduchim and Vaccination

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman I received a phone call late at night from a former student who is now a physician. “Rabbi Hoffman, are you aware that there are shadchanim...

Censoring Gratitude

As a general rule, one should not get involved with a rasha; it usually doesn’t end well. This is so that a person does not end up “owing him...
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